The United States Biographical Dictionary and
Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Missouri Volume, New
York, Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City: United States Biographical
Publishing Company, 1878, pages 470-471
Horatio Samuel Herbert, Rolla.
Horatio Samuel Herbert, editor and proprietor of the Rolla
Herald, is one of the most prominent journalists of Southern Missouri.
His ancestors emigrated from England to America prior to the
Revolution, and settled in Pennsylvania. His father was Rev. James
Herbert, who married Harriet Weston; they lived in Erie, Pennsylvania,
where their son, our subject, was born, December 25, 1837. The family
removed to Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and afterwards, in 1847, settled in
Indianapolis, where they remained until 1855, when they removed to
Schuyler county, Illinois; but in 1870 they again moved and settled in
Livingston, Missouri, where they now reside.
Horatio received a common and graded school education in
Indianapolis, studying through the winter and working in the printing
office during the summer months, until at the age of 17 when he worked
regularly in the printing office one year. In 1855 he entered the high
school at Rushville, Schuyler county, Illinois, remained two years and
then removed to Milan, Sullivan county, Missouri, where he worked in a
printing office until 1859, when he removed to Lebanon, Laclede county.
He was employed as editor of the Laclede Journal; but at the expiration
of one year purchased the paper and material and published it as editor
and proprietor until 1861.
The war between the North and South called every man of decided
principles to take his place in one army or the other. It was both
difficult and dangerous for men who had been prominent in the events
immediately preceding it, to stay out. Mr. Herbert cast his fortunes
with his sentiments, enrolled himself for the Confederate States, and
became a member of what was then known as the State Guard of Missouri.
He afterward joined Wickersham's company in McBride's division of
Price's army, participated in the campaign during the retreat into
Arkansas, and was afterward in the battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas. His
command was then ordered to join Beauregard at Corinth, and under him
they participated in the series of engagements which culminated in the
evacuation of that point. Mr. Herbert then went, to North Mississippi,
remained during the summer, and in the following fall was a participant
in the engagement at Iuka Spring, afterward was with Price and Van Dorn
in the' march on Corinth. His command being ordered to Vicksburg, he
took part in the engagements and seige which resulted in the surrender
of that city to the enemy. Here he was wounded and made prisoner; but
was paroled and exchanged, when he joined the command of General J. E.
Johnson at Atlanta, Georgia. On the approach of Sherman, they evacuated
that point and in Hood's command marched on Nashville; but in the fight
at Altoona, Mr. Herbert was again wounded. In three months he rejoined
his command in time to retreat with the army. He was then engaged at
Mobile, Alabama, in 1865, where he was captured in the surrender of
Fort Blakely, and was sent to Ship Island military prison, kept until
June and paroled.
The war being now closed, Mr. Herbert then went to Central
Mississippi where he remained until 1868, clerking in a store a portion
of the time and working in a printing office. He then went to Rolla,
Phelps county, Missouri, where he was employed in the office of the
Herald. In 1869 he purchased the office and paper and has since
continued to be its publisher and editor. His enterprise and skill has
improved both the appearance and patronage of his journal, until it has
secured a large circulation and wields an important influence.
It is almost needless to say Mr. Herbert is a Democrat and has
been one always. He has been prominent in politics since he was old
enough to understand party polity and tactics, and is now a member of
the Democratic state central committee. Religiously he is liberal in
Horatio S. Herbert was married to Miss Tinnie A. Hooker, daughter of
Benjamin and Martha Hooker, of Lebanon, Laclede county, Missouri,
September 15, 1860. They have had two children, both living. Mr.
Herbert is a man of good business habits and strict integrity. He has
been made a member of the Rolla board of education. Naturally of a
social disposition, it is not to be wondered at that he has many
friends and a happy home.